Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Meets Ger­man FM Stein­meier in Ber­lin

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met Ger­many’s For­eign Min­is­ter Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier in Ber­lin to­day.

The meet­ing at Ger­many’s For­eign Min­istry fo­cused on bi­lat­eral ties, po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and in the re­gion.

Af­ter warmly wel­com­ing Pres­i­dent Barzani, Mr Stein­meier asked him for his views on the se­cu­rity prob­lems in the An­bar prov­ince in western Iraq, re­la­tions be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, the up­com­ing Iraqi par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in April, the KRG project to ex­port and gas via Tur­key, and the im­pact of the Syr­ian cri­sis on Kur­dis­tan and on Iraq.

Re­fer­ring to his visit to Er­bil in 2008, Mr. Stein­meier ap­plauded the rapid de­vel­op­ments in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and ex­pressed his hope that the Re­gion will con­tinue to de­velop and pros­per.

For his part, Pres­i­dent Barzani said he was very pleased to meet For­eign Min­is­ter Stein­meier and ex­pressed his hope that the For­eign Min­is­ter would pay another visit to Kur­dis­tan in the fu­ture to see for him­self the de­vel­op­ments in Kur­dis­tan. He also hoped that KRG re­la­tions with Ger­many would con­tinue to strengthen, adding that the KRG views its ties with Ger­many with great im­por­tance.

On the po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges fac- ing Iraq and es­pe­cially the se­cu­rity cri­sis in the An­bar prov­ince, the Pres­i­dent said, “It is im­por­tant that a com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion is found for the prob­lems fac­ing Iraq, and the real so­lu­tion is for Iraq to be com­mit­ted to a fed­eral sys­tem, which is a ba­sic prin­ci­ple in the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion.”

“It is equally im­por­tant that all sides work to­gether in the fight against ter­ror­ism, es­pe­cially at a time when they have in­creas­ingly grown in strength and now con­sti­tute a real threat to the whole re­gion.”

The Pres­i­dent went on to say that all po­lit­i­cal sides in Iraq must re­main com­mit­ted to hold­ing the elec­tions on time, due in late April this year.

On the KRG pol­icy to ex­port oil via Tur­key, the Pres­i­dent re­it­er­ated that ties be­tween Kur­dis­tan and Tur­key are based on mu­tual in­ter­ests, and that th­ese ties would also serve the in­ter­est of Iraq in gen­eral.

Re­gard­ing ef­forts to form the new gov­ern­ment cab­i­net in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, the Pres­i­dent em­pha­sized that the pri­or­i­ties for Kur­dis­tan are to main­tain the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity that pre­vail in the Re­gion has, and also to con­tinue to de­velop the Re­gion and its eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture.

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